Anglicare Southern Queensland will celebrate the completion of a $19 million redevelopment at its Meilene Residential Aged Care Home in Bundaberg with a formal blessing by the Right Reverend Cameron Venables.
The redevelopment, completed by Hutchinson Builders over six stages, added 36 new beds to the home and upgraded all accommodation and community areas, along with the grounds. The upgrade is expected to create up to 144 new jobs for the region.
Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare Southern Queensland, Sue Cooke, said that the increase in demand for aged care services, due to the ageing population and higher proportion of people with chronic health conditions including dementia, in Bundaberg, prompted the redevelopment.
The extension to all accommodation areas, taking the home from 52 to 88 single ensuite rooms, and the expansion of the memory support unit from 16 rooms to 24 rooms will provide improved access to high-quality residential aged care in regional Queensland.
The redevelopment has improved community spaces with multi-purpose facilities, a self-serve café and lounge area for visitors, a multimedia and library area, and a new outdoor children’s play area. The home now also has individual air conditioning for each room and improved car parking.